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Congratulations, 2018 Big Bang! Semifinalists

We are happy to announce our 2018 Big Bang! Business Competition semifinalists. These 15 teams have been selected from the 62 teams—representing more than 250 aspiring entrepreneurs—that  participated in this year’s contest. They will compete in the semifinals May 16.


Congratulations, 2018 Big Bang! Semifinalists

Six of the teams—40 percent of the finalists, noted with an asterisk following their team name—also participated in the Little Bang! Poster Competitions held in December 2017 and January of this year, applying what they learned in this entry-level competition to compete in the Big Bang! Of these teams, three are led by undergraduate students. 

All semifinalists are eligible to win the 2018 Big Bang! sponsored prizes. The five finalist teams—which will be named on May 21, after final judging on May 18—are also eligible for the First Place, Second Place and People’s Choice Award. Learn more about the Big Bang! prizes >

Please join us for the Big Bang! Finalist Presentations + Awards Ceremony on May 24.
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Team lead: Martha Montoya | Board Member, California Department of Food and Agriculture; CEO, Superfood Organic Sustainable Syrups; President, AGTools
Mini-Pitch: Real time algorithm data to offset volatility


Team Lead: Denise Bronner, UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholar and Business Development Fellow
Mini-Pitch: All-natural barley grain snacks for all

Chicha Culture

Team Lead: Bratzo Basagoitia, Environmental Services Professional; Founder/CEO, Cafe Secret
Mini-Pitch: Craft Peruvian sustainable syrups for food/beverage market


Team Lead: Tony J. Simon, Ph.D., Associate Director of Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis MIND Institute
Mini-Pitch: Digital medicines for impaired brain function


Team Lead: Nicolle Ma | B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Human Biology and M.S. in Biology, UC San Diego
Mini-Pitch: Phototherapy for developing world newborns with jaundice


Team Lead: Brent Marriott | B.S., Mechanical Engineering, UC Davis and Mechanical Engineer, DMG MORI USA
Mini-Pitch: Automated quotation service for configurable fabricated parts 

DTE Materials

Team Lead: Tanner Jolly | B.S., Materials Engineering, California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo
Mini-Pitch: Sustainable building insulation derived from natural fibers


Team Lead: Allison Hsia | Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering and Leaders for the Future Fellow, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Device to prevent overuse injuries in athletes

Innovis Medical*

Team Lead: Jeffrey Lu | Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Military/civilian Portable Trauma Coagulation Monitoring

Japa Inc.*

Team Lead: Mathew Magno | B.S. Computer Science, UC Davis ; Co-Founder/Director, Plasma at UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Smart parking system that delivers real-time availability


Team Lead: Lanwei Su | MFA, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Fashion as protection against air pollution

Tergis Technologies

Team Lead: Michael Urner | B.S., Molecular Biology, UC Merced; CFO, BEAT Inc.
Mini-Pitch: Preventing pathogen growth in hospitals


Team Lead: Eric Chiang | Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Engineering/Computational Biology Focus, Johns Hopkins University
Mini-Pitch: B2B medtech venture selling corneal transplant devices


Team Lead: Vishesh Khetan | Undergraduate Student, Economics and Management, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Connecting international high-school students to college students


Team Lead: Matthew Gold | B.S., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: We detect heart attacks in minutes